Bull Rider Ouncie Mitchell Passes Away at 27

Ouncie Mitchell, who competed both in the PRCA and on the PBR Velocity Tour, died Sunday at the age of 27.

He competed at the Utah State Fair Rodeo earlier that day.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing last night of Demetrius Allen, who fans best knew as Ouncie Mitchell, in Salt Lake City. Ouncie was a talented cowboy and a familiar face on the Velocity Tour. He also competed – and won – in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, whose president Valeria Howard-Cunningham shares our grief,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason wrote on social media. “Ouncie got his name because he was born small. He grew up to compete with a huge heart. The PBR organization sincerely extends our own heartfelt condolences to Ouncie’s cousin Ezekiel Mitchell and the entire Mitchell family.”

Mitchell was 87.5 points to win the Tri-State Rodeo the day before his passing and had just cracked the Top 25 with over $70,000 won.

Mitchell is the cousin of PBR bull rider Ezekiel Mitchell.

“Every time I put my hand on a bull rope from now on it’ll be him right there in the back of my mind,” Ezekiel told Fox13 Salt Lake City. “He was a once-in-a-lifetime person and a once-in-a-lifetime family member and friend and more so, a brother.”

Mitchell leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter.